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About Saskatoon Hockey Heroes Weekend

Hosted by the Heart & Stroke, Hockey Heroes Weekend takes place in Saskatoon on April 6, 7, and 8, 2018 at the Canlan Ice Sports Jemini Arena.

Fundraising participants enjoy an unforgettable weekend playing alongside NHL Alumni. Past NHL heroes include Wendel Clarke, Brian Skrudland, Al Iafrate, Dale Hawerchuck, Joe Niewndyk and more!

Friday = Draft Night

  • Meet, and hang out with all the NHL Alumni Players
  • Each team drafts an NHL alumni that will become their teammate for the weekend
  • Earn First Draft Pick by being the Top Fundraising Team
  • Bid on exclusive Auction Items


  • VIP locker room care and service
  • Tournament Games with your NHL Alumni player
  • VIP Social Night


  • Tournament Games with your NHL Alumni player
  • Hockey Heroes Game: Top Individual Fundraisers play the final game with all NHL Alumni players

Get in The Game

  • Recruit a team of colleagues, friends or a mix of both, or join an existing team looking for players (All players must be 19 years of age to participate)
  • Each team raises a minimum of $16,000 to participate (approximately $1,000 per player)
  • Fundraise using your very own personal web page
  • Win fantastic prizes for individual fundraising results
  • Draft an NHL alumni that will become your teammate for the weekend
    Earn first draft choice by being the top fundraising team

Executive Committee

Jocelyn Coates Mark Feader Jeff Clark Tanya Llewellyn Mackenzie Firby

The Executive Committee is formed by a group of 8-10 committed community leaders. The committee meets monthly and will assist with a variety of tasks to ensure the success of the Heart & Stroke Hockey Heroes Weekend.
Interested in becoming a Committee member? Contact Pamela Hujber (306)500-6015 or

Featured NHL Alumni

Check out some of last year’s NHL Alumni line-up. Come back soon to see who will be playing in 2018!


Ray Bourque

Al Iafrate

Dale Hawerchuck

Featured NHL Alumni

Confirmed Alumni! Here’s some of the NHL Alumni that will be taking part in the 2017 BMO Hockey Heroes Weekend in Halifax.


Nieuwendyk started his NHL career in 1985 by being drafted in the second round (27th overall) for the Calgary Flames. Nieuwendyk played 20 seasons in the NHL with the Calgary Flames, Dallas Stars, New Jersey Devils, Toronto Maple Leafs, and Florida Panthers. Nieuwendyk is one of 11 players in NHL history to win the Stanley Cup with three or more different teams. He is also a two-time Olympian, winning a gold medal for Canada in the 2002 winter games. Through his success, Nieuwendyk legacy will forever be honored as he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2011. He was also honoured by his home province by being inducted into the Ontario Sports Hall of Fame in 2014.

Ray Bourque

Bourque played 22 seasons in the NHL, and holds the all-time records for most goals, assists and points for an NHL defenseman. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2004 which was his first year of eligibility. Bourque was drafted by the Boston Bruins 8th overall in 1979. He would go on the spend 21 seasons in Boston and in 1985 he was named a co- captain of the team. In 1988 he was named sole captain of the team; he would hold that title for the rest of his time in Boston. In his first year (1979-80) Bourque was named Rookie of the Year, a First Team All-Star and scored 65 points which was a record for rookies at the time. During his time with Boston he would win five Norris Trophies as the league’s top defenseman. His highest goals and points totals in one season was 31 goals and 96 points in 1983-84, his highest assists total in one season was 73 in 1990-91. Bourque would play in three Stanley Cup finals, his first two with Boston in 1988 and 1990 where his Bruins would lose to the Edmonton Oilers. In the 1999-00 season Bourque was traded to the Colorado Avalanche for a chance to win a Stanley Cup. In the 2000-01 season Bourque would finally win the Stanley Cup in his last game in the NHL.

Al Iafrate

Iafrate was selected 4th overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1984 NHL Entry Draft. He played 799 career NHL games spanning over 12 NHL seasons, scoring 152 goals and 311 assists for 463 points. He also compiled 1301 penalty minutes. His best season statistically was the 1992-93 season, when he scored 25 goals and 41 assists for 66 points with the Washington Capitals. That year the Capitals set a record for most goals by defensemen on a team in one season. Iafrate is most famous for his rocket slap shot that set the NHL Skills Competition record, which stood for 16 years.

Dale Hawerchuck

Hawerchuk was selected first overall by the Winnipeg Jets in 1981 NHL Entry Draft after leading the Cornwall Royals to two consecutive Memorial Cup Championships. Hawerchuk led the Jets to the largest single season turnaround in NHL history a 48-point improvement. He finished his rookie season with 103 points and easily won the Calder Trophy as Rookie of the year. he would go on to post five consecutive 100+ point seasons in Winnipeg before being traded to Buffalo, Hawerchuk would lead the team in scoring three out of five seasons. He was instrumental in the 1987 and 1991 Canada Cup victories. Signed by St. Louis as free agent in 1995, he recorded 41 points in 66 games before moving to Philadelphia, where he retired in 1997. His 518 goals and 891 assists give him 1409 points, ranking him 19th all-time. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2001 and is currently the Head Coach of the Barrie Colts in the OHL.

Wendel Clark

Clark was drafted by the Maple Leafs 1st overall in the 1985 entry draft. As a defenseman with the Saskatoon Blades Clark was first moved to play forward as a member of the 1985 World Junior Team that won Gold in Finland. He quickly won the fan support in Toronto with his tough style of play and goal scoring touch. In his first NHL season Clark tallied 34 goals and 227 PIMS. Wendel spent nine seasons with the Leafs before being traded to Quebec for Mats Sundin in 1994. Clark spent the next few seasons with Quebec, NY Islanders and returned to Toronto in the ’95/’96 season. A few more seasons in Toronto before moves to Detroit, Chicago, Tampa Bay before returning for a 3rd and final time to Toronto, where he retired as a Maple Leaf in 2000. His #17 hangs in the rafters at the ACC and is one of Toronto’s all-time favourites.

Brian Skrudland

Skrudland played for the Saskatoon Blades in the early '80's before turning pro with the Montreal Canadiens in '85/'86, winning the Stanley Cup in his rookie year. Skrudland would play 7 1/2 seasons with the Habs before moving to Calgary in a midseason trade. Skrudland began the next season as the first ever captain for the expansion Florida Panthers. Skrudland spent four seasons in the Sunshine State, highlighted by a run to the Stanley Cup Finals in 1996, where the Panthers lost to the Colorado Avalanche. After a brief stint with the New York Rangers, Skrudland joined the Dallas Stars, with whom he won his 2nd Stanley Cup with in 1999. Following another run to the Stanley Cup Finals, which the Stars lost to the New Jersey Devils, Skrudland retired after the 2000 season. In retirement, Skrudland has served as an assistant coach with both the Flames and the Panthers.


We're looking for people and companies to help make the Heart & Stroke Hockey Heroes Weekend a success. To obtain information regarding sponsorship opportunities, please contact Pamela at or (306) 500-6015.

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